Scientists have shown that their previously identified therapeutic approach to fight cancer via immune cells called macrophages also prompts the disease-fighting killer T cells to attack the cancer. The research demonstrates that the approach may be a promising strategy for creating custom cancer vaccines.
Johnson & Johnson's DePuy orthopedics business plans to stop selling a couple of hip replacement systems not widely used by doctors. DePuy will discontinue both its Ultamet Metal-on-Metal Articulation and Complete Ceramic-on-Metal Acetabular systems worldwide at the end of August.
In a novel approach to clinical development that is founded on a shared commitment to cost-disciplined science, Merck and Quintiles have signed a collaboration intended to optimize productivity in the design and execution of studies with a focus on quality, speed, and efficiency.
Gilead Sciences Inc. announced results from a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating idelalisib, an investigational, targeted, oral inhibitor of PI3K delta, in combination with rituximab for older patients with treatment-naïve chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Impax Laboratories Inc. is now selling a low-cost generic version of Zomig tablets and orally disintegrating Zomig tablets in two strengths. Zomig, or zolmitriptan, is available in tablet and nasal spray form and as tablets that will disintegrate and can be taken without liquid.
Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. has posted results from an early-stage trial that included its drug PEGPH20 as a treatment for pancreatic cancer. Halozyme said PEGPH20 may make tumors more vulnerable to treatment by depleting their defenses and changing their metabolism.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Xofigo to treat men with symptomatic late-stage (metastatic) castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to bones but not to other organs. It is intended for men whose cancer has spread after receiving medical or surgical therapy to lower testosterone.
Advances in biotechnology, together with an improved understanding of the underlying biology of disease, have led to the pursuit of more effective targeted therapeutics and the subsequent development of companion diagnostics to identify appropriate patients.
Drug developer Oncothyreon Inc. announced new clinical trial data about an experimental lung cancer treatment that failed to improve the overall survival rate. Oncothyreon said that it identified some patients who appeared to live longer after treatment with Stimuvax.
Prestige Brands Holdings Inc. returned to a profit in its fiscal fourth quarter, benefiting from lower operating expenses and better sales of over-the-counter health care products. The company reported net income of $19.3 million for the three months ending March 31.
A team of researchers have identified a key protein involved in an alternative death pathway known as programmed necrosis. Drugs that mimic the effects of this protein could push cancer cells that are resistant to apoptosis into necrosis instead.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Priority Review to Janssen's New Drug Application for simeprevir, an investigational NS3/4A protease inhibitor administered with pegylated interferon and ribavirin for the treatment of genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C.
Moody's Investors Service has lowered the long-term debt ratings of drug maker Merck & Co. The rating agency put Merck on review for downgrade at the beginning of May following the company's plans to buy back about $7.5 billion worth of its shares over the next 12 months.
Hospira Inc. said that Dr. Sumant Ramachandra was coming back as senior vice president and chief scientific officer, just two months after he had left the company. Ramachandra left the company in March to be president of research and development at Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.